Sunday, April 17, 2011

Why I Changed My Mind About "O"... And Why I Regret It

I know Joe, I lied.

(And FYI, even thought I live in South Carolina, I do not live in the district he represents and I DO NOT CONDONE HIS ACTIONS).

But back to the books.

Several months ago, I swore that I would not read the book "O" because it was possible it was from one of Joe's fellow Republicans. But once the book arrived for me at the library, I did check it out. The book came into my possession around the time of my housewarming. The cousin who tells me it's good to hear what the other side says....he was in town for the event. And one of my friends, who has more books and items about Obama than I could imagine, said she had the book and that we could read it together.

After trying to read this book off and on for the past two months, I just gave up. Not because the allege writer is Sen. McCain's former speechwriter. It's not because it seems anti-Obama and shows him as an arrogant man who thinks he knows it all, which it does. And it's not because the fictional Republican nominee is a cross between McCain and Mitt Romney. And not because it's a failed attempt to duplicate the success of Primary Colors.

The book sucks. Simple as that.

I had an extremely hard time reading it, barely making it pass page 100. There are so many characters in this book, it is hard to follow who is who and what relevance they had. It just got to the point where I didn't care anymore. And when it gets to that point, it's a lost cause.

There maybe one day I may try the book again, but for right now I just cant see it. It turns out just about every review about this book I read was dead on the money. From now on, I will try to listen to my heart instead of my head in regards to a book.

(Picture from The Reid Report)

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Sister Souljah Comes to Charleston

On the first stop to promote her new book, Sister Souljah came to the Northwoods Books-A-Million in North Charleston. As you can tell by the picture, I was there.

Sister Souljah started out reading the first chapter of her new book, Midnight and the Meaning of Love. Afterwards, she took questions from the audience. A Coldest Winter Ever movie? She bought the rights back after interest in the movie fell through. Why was Midnight hooked up with an Asian girl? To show diversity in the world and that black men are being pursued by all races. What will be the next book about? About Winter's sister.

I really enjoyed Sister Souljah's reading and the book signing event. A lot of people came out and were excited about her new book (some were reading the book before she arrived). One of my friends even told her that she will read the Midnight books since she spoke of them so well.

She left a wonderful message when she signed my copy of Midnight and the Meaning of Love:

Love is suppose to make you feel good - keep you safe and happy. Love truly!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Event news - Sister Souljah

I received an email earlier this week from Jacque, the Books-A-Million lady. Her email brought exciting news. Author, rapper and activist Sister Souljah is coming to the Northwoods store on Wednesday, April 13.

Sister Souljah's most famous book is The Coldest Winter Ever. Her new book, Midnight and the Meaning of Love, will be released the day before she comes to Charleston. This is the sequel to her long-awaited book, Midnight: A Gangster Love Story.

I have a confession: I have never read any of her books. But to get a chance to meet a New York Times best-selling author and a hip-hop legend is exciting.

So I will be going to this event and have pictures for you next week. And I think it is a good time to start reading her books.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

I've might have been MIA, but I'm still reading

Sorry I have been gone for so long. Between school, work and Delta, I have been pretty busy. I had a housewarming in February and then I lost my step-grandmother last month. And oh, I saw Kem and Prince in concert. So writing was pushed to the back burner. I will be busy this month with work and finishing grad school (graduation is in May). So if I do another disappearing act, you know why.

My reading has been slow as of late, but I did finish some books. I was slowly reading Glorious by Bernice McFadden and finally finished it about two weeks ago It was a great look into the Harlem Renaissance and I agree with many people that Oprah may want to make this into a movie.

I also recently finished Come Sunday Morning by Terry Hill. This book was full of drama plus some. It's about a pastor who falls in love with someone unexpected and hopes that no one finds out about his love affair. But as news spreads, all hell breaks loose. At the end of the book, I was wanting more (and I hope there is a sequel).

Imagine if Jane Eyre fell in love with Bruce Springsteen, or someone like him? This is what happens in Jane by April Linder. This modern retelling of the classic has Jane (who has dropped out of college after her parents' deaths) become a nanny for rock star's Nico Rathburn's young daughter. If you have read the book, it pretty much follows the storyline of Jane Eyre, with some modern twists.

As many who have been following this blog know, I attended the Capital Bookfest last year. It was the first time it was in Charleston and people are still talking about it almost six months later. Well, there will not be a Capital Bookfest 2011. :-( Things didn't work out and the stars didn't align the right way for it to happen. There are hopes that there will be one in 2012.

And I know people are wondering what happened to my post on the SC Book Festival. Well, the that book festival was pushed back from the last weekend in February to the second weekend in May. I am still thinking about going (because I will attending Columbia for graduation the week before and will have to drive back for this - and the lineup's not impressing me right now). I will let you know if I do.

And I still have a tendency to write a 140 characters or less. Follow me on Twitter @thereadingdiva! Sometimes I have a lot to say. :-)